Ai Weiwei : A Powerful Tool Of Expression Definately Essays

1420 Words Apr 5th, 2016 null Page
There are more than 4.7 million refugees that have fled from the war in Syria, 783 million people that don’t have access to clean water, and famine levels are at an all time high. If only there was a way to keep the media focused on these crises. Oh wait, there is! The answer is art. This powerful tool of expression definately has the ability to create change because it can raise awareness, change the way people think, and also encourage people to act. Art has the ability to raise awareness because it can be made by anyone. The abundance of art makes it more powerful due to its availability and scope. If more people create art that is related to a certain issue, more people will start to become aware of it. Artist and photographer from China, Ai WeiWei is one of the greatest in terms of raising awareness through his art. Due to the attention Ai has gotten from some of his photographs of him “flipping off” government buildings, he has since used this bigger audience to continually call the Chinese regime to account; he has made a list, for example, that includes the name of each of the more than 5,000 school children who died during the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 because of shoddy schoolhouse construction (Stevens 2). Ai has used his art to create relevance for himself and then using this relevance and larger audience to disclose information known by very few people, to the world. Through the work he has done, it inspired people in the West to get together and create a…

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